177: Should Women Be Allowed to Preach?

 In Church, Complementarianism, Ecclesiology, Podcasts, Preaching

Traditionally speaking, the role of elder/pastor has been filled by men. But over the last 100-150 years, there has been a movement to allow women to fill the role of elder/pastor within Evangelical churches. With that comes the question as to what type of speaking and preaching women should be allowed to do within the church.

That begs the question: Should women be allowed to preach? If not, why not? If yes, how should that play out in our contemporary church context?

In 1 Timothy 2, the Apostle Paul clearly outlines a form of preaching that ought not be made available for women, however in 1 Corinthians 11 there is a form of public speaking and “prophecy” that women are invited to do, and it seems that women are even expected to speak and lead the congregation in prayer at times.

In this episode, Kenny dives into this topic, highlighting the important elements of 1 Corinthians 11 and 1 Timothy 2, and also giving some modern examples as to how this ought to be executed well by church leaders within our modern church context.


Women in the Church (edited by A. Kostenberger & T. Schreiner)

The Accidental Feminist (by Courtney Reissig)

Men and Women, Equal Yet Different (by Alexander Strauch)

Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (edited by Wayne Grudem & John Piper)